Aug. 15, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette women's basketball head coach Dianne Nolan named four seniors Brya Freeland, Emily Homan, Linnel Macklin and Maddie Peabody as captains for the upcoming season.
"I'm thrilled to name our four seniors as our captains this season," Nolan said. "Watching them mature into leaders over their four years has been an exciting process for us. We refer to the group as `The Counsel', applying their own individual leadership styles toward a collective vision and set of goals."
Freeland saw action in all 30 games last season and averaged 2.7 points in 17 minutes. The Pasadena, Md. native was third on the team with 55 assists and ranks 12th in career three-point field goals with 48.
"As Brya's responsibilities have increased over the four years, she has emerged into one of our strong leaders," Nolan added. "Coupled with her basketball IQ, Brya has positioned our team into the top echelon of our league."
Homan was a second team All-Patriot League selection and a Patriot League Academic All-League selection last season. She led the team with 13.7 points per game and was second in rebounding, securing 6.8 boards per contest. The Upper Darby, Pa. native ranks in Lafayette's top-15 in both points (1,071) and scoring average (12.2 ppg).
"Emily has emerged as one of the top centers in the league and has grown into a leader on our team," Nolan said. "She leads by example and is a no non-sense type of player that our team looks to as a calming influence on the court."
Macklin finished her junior year second on the team with 9.8 points per game, including a team-best 43 three-pointers. She ranks eighth in three-pointers made (75) and third in three-point percent (.323).
"Linnel has always been a blue-collar workhorse type of player," Nolan added. "Through her hard work, she has elevated her play to be one of the top guards in the league. I'm pleased with how she has embraced her leadership role and I am excited to see her use her leadership skills to set the tone in practices and games."
Peabody played in all 30 games last season, making starts in 23 games at point guard. She averaged 5.6 points per game and dished out 73 assists. The Louisville native is the active leader in games played (89), assists (187) and steals (75).
"Maddie has grown into being a forceful leader in the group," Nolan continued. "Playing the lead guard, she gets us into our offensive sets, sets the tone defensively and is an extension of myself on the court. She is respected by the group because of her work ethic as well as her basketball skills."
The Leopards are scheduled to start the 2014-15 campaign at home against Delaware on Nov. 14.